Indigenous knowledge and western science come together at STEM camp


A one-week camp outside Halifax has 15 Mi’kmaw youth focusing on science, technology, engineering and math or STEM subjects.

The camp is a collaboration with Ulnooweg, a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of Indigenous communities, and Supernova, a Dalhousie University initiative to promote STEM subjects.

“It’s essentially looking at western sort of science and using that lens and also taking Indigenous traditional knowledge and ways of knowing and using both of those viewpoints to look at the world and study and to learn,” says Holly Griffiths, director of education at Ulnooweg.

Kandace Lane, 16, likes learning outdoors.

“Sometimes it can be even better than normal school setting … just connecting with nature and other people,” she says.